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Euthanasia Essay

  • Submitted by: bgroux
  • on March 2, 2008
  • Category: Social Issues
  • Length: 778 words

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Medical advances have given us the capability to prolong life through different kinds of treatments.   Euthanasia has become a huge political issue surrounding the question of what should be done if someone’s quality of life is so poor that assisted suicide is suggested to relieve the pain and suffering.   Euthanasia is only used or considered for use when a patient may be suffering and in too much pain to continue to enjoy life, or mentally incapable of maintaining a self-awareness for their life.   People who cannot maintain self-awareness for their own life are commonly known as “vegetables.”   Euthanasia is a very controversial topic because although to some people the act creates a relief of suffering; many still consider this act a form of murder.
Euthanasia has been disputed on its ethics since the time of ancient Greece and Rome, when physician-assisted suicide was first used.   For the next 36 years there were ongoing debates in the United States and Great Britain about the moral principles of euthanasia, and in 1906 a bill for legalization was defeated. After many trials and cases, certain forms of assisted suicide have been granted in the United States and Canada. Euthanasia has generally been broken into two categories, active and passive. Active involves actually killing the subject, as opposed to passive, which involves allowing death to occur instead of inducing it. Passive euthanasia has been legalized in the U.S. and Canada under special guidelines. It is legal to have a life sustaining treatment removed by a physician under the request of the patient or patient legal representative. However in the state of Oregon and only Oregon, active euthanasia is allowed in cases where a patient has a terminal illness and is suffering extremely.
Being a hugely controversial and debated topic, there are supporters and protesters of euthanasia. However supporters claim to be promoting something different than protesters are opposing. The pro-choice faction for...

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